Physics Instructor

$47,701 - $53,730 yearly
  • Tohono O'odham Community College
  • Sells, AZ, USA
  • Jul 16, 2021
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Job Description

Job Title:        Physics Instructor

Reports To:    Academic Dean

Status:            Full-time/ Regular/ Exempt

Salary:            $47,701-$53,730 (DOE)

SUMMARY: The Physics Instructor will teach Physics, Math, and Physical Science related courses in a tribal community college setting. Teaching assignments may include evening and weekend classes in-person, and online formats. The instructor will use multiple methods of instruction, assessment results, and appropriate technologies to engage students and promote student success. The instructor will also be expected to design curriculum, participate in professional development in indigenous education practices and online learning, participate in committee work, and will support the T-So:son (Our Core Values) including T-Wohocudadag – Our Beliefs, T-Apedag – Our Well-Being, T-Pi:k Elida – Our Deepest Respect and I-We:mta – Working Together.


  • Develop curriculum for an Associate of Science in Physical Science degree that can transfer to 4-year colleges and universities;
  • Develop teaching lab for Physics courses;
  • Teach math courses that are related to Physical Science such as Calculus, Statistics, and College Algebra;
  • Teach courses in accordance with college and departmental policies and procedures (15 credit hour teaching load each semester);
  • Plan, develop, and deliver classroom lectures, laboratories, and activities as well as write tests and develop other methods to evaluate student progress and competence;
  • Develop or adapt interesting laboratory exercises designed to engage students;
  • Practice and enforce department-approved safety regulations in the lab room;
  • Promote and practice good laboratory technique along with end of lab clean-up;
  • Be student-centered and focused on student learning outcomes;
  • Develop outcome-based instructional materials, exams, workshops, tutorials, presentations, support items, and/or other related items;
  • Instruct and evaluate student performance in an assigned area of responsibility, ensuring applicable core competencies are addressed;
  • Maintain currency in the discipline by conducting research and attending conferences
  • Mentor and advise students;
  • Participate in meetings, committees, and in other college activities;
  • Integrate Tohono O’odham culture in the curriculum;
  • Prepare and submit timely reports on student performance as scheduled or required;
  • Perform other duties of a similar nature or level.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in Physics or closely related field.
  • Two years full-time of broad-based teaching experience in a high school, community college, or university setting.
  • Experience in curriculum development.

Additional Consideration May Be Given To Individuals with the Following Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Physics or closely related field.
  • Additional expertise in Mathematics, Astronomy, Computer Science, or Engineering.
  • Three to five years of instructional experience in higher education.
  • Experience in curriculum development including online teaching settings.
  • Classroom experience working with Native American students of the Southwest in tribal communities.
  • Ability to speak and understand O’odham and/or Spanish.


  • Valid Arizona Driver’s license with no DUI's or major traffic offenses within the past two years;
  • Must successfully pass a background check and fingerprint clearance.


  • Knowledge of physics lab techniques;
  • Instructional methodologies;
  • Adult learning theory;
  • Research methods;
  • Student evaluation methods (formative and summative);
  • Principles in assigned academic area;
  • Advising processes and practices;
  • Curriculum development.


  • Using a computer and relevant software applications;
  • Conducting research;
  • Evaluating student performance;
  • Instructing students;
  • Creating collateral materials for class sessions;
  • Advising students;
  • Working with Native American students;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with subordinates, coworkers, supervisor, and the public.